Jeans are a wardrobe staple for many women, but you’re more likely to see a unicorn than to find a pair of jeans that fit perfectly off the rack. Once you do find them, they are worn until they are practically see-through. It seems that for every perfect pair of jeans, they are hundreds are ill-fitting and unflattering denim disasters.
This DIY tutorial from Pleats & Ruffles will transform any pair of jeans from frumpy to fabulous. This is a great project for anyone who has recently lost weight and can’t afford an entirely new closet, or for savvy thrift shoppers. Custom made jeans are within your reach and it only takes 7 simple steps.
These boyfriend jeans are super comfy… but they’re also really baggy and not too flattering. If you need a pair of jeans for just hanging around the home, or for while you do the laundry, then these are perfect. However, if you want to make them a little more figure-friendly, then all you need are some sewing pins, a needle, and some thread.
2. The problem
One of the biggest problems with this style of jean is that they contribute to “saggy bum”. By definition, saggy bum is when your jeans are too loose in the bum region, making your derrière look flat and lackluster. We don’t want saggy bums — we want happy bums!
3. Get pinning
The first step in fixing saggy bum is to turn your jeans inside out. Then, grab some sewing pins (a lot of sewing pins), and a friend (probably just one will do) to help you start pinning along the seam. At your waist, you’ll want to stay close to the seam, taking in just a little bit of fabric.
As you move down the leg, take in more and more fabric. Once you get to the knee, you’ll gradually want to start taking less fabric again, like you did near the waist. Take a look at this diagram to see how much fabric you should be taking in.
4. Lining the pins up
Here’s another look at the pants all pinned up. The great thing about having a friend help you is that you can wear the pants while they are being pinned, guaranteeing that they will fit YOUR body.
5. Yes, butt-darts are a thing
If your jeans create a gap at the top of your waist, be sure to pin there as well. Just two small darts on either side should bring the jean’s waistline in.
Once you’re happy with the fit and where the pins are, carefully take off the pants. Use tailor’s chalk to outline the seam you pinned.
6. No more saggy pockets!
Using a needle and thread (or a sewing machine if you prefer), stitch up the outline from where you had pinned, as well as the two butt darts if you needed them. Once you slip on these jeans, you’ll notice that any evidence of saggy bum has been eliminated!
7. Lookin’ good!
Turn the pants back right side out, and get ready to model your new jeans. They’ll look like they custom tailored for you…and they were (the sneaky DIY way).